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The peacock detectives / Carly Nugent.

By: Nugent, Carly.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Melbourne, Victoria : The Text Publishing Company, 2018Copyright date: ©2018Description: 279 pages ; 20 cm.ISBN: 9781925603705 (paperback).Subject(s): Families -- Juvenile fiction | Peacocks -- Juvenile fiction | Authors -- Juvenile fiction | Children's storiesDDC classification: A823.4 Summary: Shortlisted for the 2017 Text Prize, The Peacock Detectives is a delightfully Australian story for middle-grade readers about self-discovery and dealing with change. The last time the peacocks went missing Cassie found them sitting on a coiled hose behind the fire station, and Dad called her 'Cassie Andersen, Peacock Detective'. So this time she knows what to do - she'll look for clues and track them down. But the clues lead her in an unexpected direction and Cassie finds herself investigating a confusing mystery about her family. The Peacock Detectives is a warm and engaging story for middle-grade readers about dealing with change and finding out who you are.
List(s) this item appears in: Children's Book Council of Australia Awards 2019 | Davitt Awards 2019 - Australian Women Crime Writers
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Shortlisted for the 2017 Text Prize, The Peacock Detectives is a delightfully Australian story for middle-grade readers about self-discovery and dealing with change. The last time the peacocks went missing Cassie found them sitting on a coiled hose behind the fire station, and Dad called her 'Cassie Andersen, Peacock Detective'. So this time she knows what to do - she'll look for clues and track them down. But the clues lead her in an unexpected direction and Cassie finds herself investigating a confusing mystery about her family. The Peacock Detectives is a warm and engaging story for middle-grade readers about dealing with change and finding out who you are.

9 - 11 years.

Excerpt provided by Syndetics

Today would have been an ordinary Saturday, except that two things happened:
1) The peacocks escaped
and
2) I started writing this story.
Dad says if you want to write a story you should start by choosing a topic that you know a lot about. That's why this is a story about peacocks. I know a lot about peacocks because:
(a) Two peacocks live in the holiday flats across the road from me
and
(b) I'm good at finding them when they go missing.
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Publishers Weekly Review

"Eleven-turning-twelve years old" Cassie narrates this story, set in small-town Australia. Her father, an English teacher who always wanted to be a writer, teaches Cassie many writing tips ("be good at details," include an "Inciting Incident") that she shares in the text. He also named the observant girl a "Peacock Detective" when noting details helped her to track down the neighbor's escaped peacocks, William Shakespeare and Virginia. Cassie plans for her story to be about the latest peacock escape, but then her dad begins having more "Those Days"--depressive episodes--something Cassie understands because she sometimes has them, too. Though Cassie tries to avoid seeing the problems facing her family, she employs her observational prowess when her mother moves out, mean girl Rhea keeps telling Cassie her dad is "crazy," and a secret about her beloved grandfather is revealed. This quietly powerful journey deals honestly with the impact of depression and such social issues as gun violence in the U.S. Debut author Nugent sensitively portrays Cassie's struggles with family and friends as she grows to see that true bonds can be both hard won and well worth the effort. Ages 8--12. (Jan.)

Kirkus Book Review

An 11-turning-12-year-old girl looks for lost peacocks as a distraction from The Truth about the things that are changing in her life. Cassie, short for Cassandra, is not unlike her namesake from the Greek myth: She is cursed to know the truth, but no one quite believes her. Australian debut writer Nugent employs this disarming narrator to take readers through a painful period of her life in which she gradually discovers (like a detective) that her grandfather is dying, her father is struggling with mental health issues, her mother needs to move out of the house in order to cope, and her only sister, at 15, is becoming her own person. What saves her are her connection to her family; her friendship with Jonas, a science-minded, fact-oriented soul; and honest interactions with her unpredictable schoolmate Rhea. Cassie is also an aspiring and conflicted writer with a propensity for capital letters who shares with readers the many components of a good story even as she is engaged in telling one. This idea-packed book strains credulity at times but is satisfying in its energy, style, and use of metaphormost of all the peacock, symbol of vision and awakening. Characters present white.Approaches tender topics with unflinching courage and aplomb. (Fiction. 8-12) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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